The Houston Dynamo put to rest any concerns about their play on the road with a 4-0 win over DC United at RFK Stadium. The Dynamo came out after the starting whistle looking to score goals early. That first goal came by Will "the dancing bear" Bruin who found the net in just the 16th minute who chipped a ball over a sliding Bill Hamid.
In the 28th minute Bill Hamid handed the Dynamo their second goal of the match by failing to clear a ball that wound up in the feet of Will Bruin (we'll be saying his name a few more times in this post) who passed the ball to Giles Barnes who tapped the ball into the net. Giles Barnes's night ended soon after his goal, as he left the field in the 38th minute with what is being called a hamstring injury.
The Dynamo went into their locker room at halftime up 2-0, while thoroughly outplaying DC United. The Dynamo were organized, distributed the ball well, and had little defending to do. They also enjoyed large stretches of possession including strings of passes inside DC United's final third of the field. The second half of the match was a bit different.
A visibly frustrated Ben Olsen didn't have much to say before the start of the second half, and his words in the locker room must have woken up DC United because they came out pressing. For a large stretch of the game, DC continued to counter attack and press the Dynamo defense by taking shots from all over. DC nearly broke through in the 63rd minute, but Kofi Sarkodie made two quick goal line saves to keep the Dynamo's clean sheet.
As the rain continued to fall in our nation's capital, so too did the goals for the Dynamo. In the 78th minute, on a set piece by Brad Davis, Brian Ching played a cool no-look backwards header to a wide open Will Bruin who buried the shot in the back of the net. 10 minutes later in the 88th minute, the Dynamo put the stamp on the game as Will Bruin raced towards goal and found a wide open Andrew Driver to seal the at game 4-0.
While DC United dominated large parts of the second half, the Dynamo withstood the massive amount of corner kicks, long distance shots, point blank shots (thank you Kofi Sarkodie), and large stretches without putting the ball in their final third of the field and were able to successfully put the game away by scoring twice.
The Dynamo will face off against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium at 7 PM Central.